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2013 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs, Western Conference First Round, Game 3

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2013 NBA Playoffs Western Conference First Round
Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs

Series Index:

G.1: Spurs 91, Lakers 79 - at San Antonio
G.2: Spurs 102, Lakers 91 - at San Antonio
G.3: Spurs 120, Lakers 89 - at Los Angeles
G.4: Spurs 103, Lakers 82 - at Los Angeles
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Los Angeles Lakers 0 - 3 San Antonio Spurs

GAME 3: San Antonio Spurs 89 - L.A. Lakers 120

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Spurs Duncan: 25 Duncan: 9 Parker: 7
Lakers Howard: 25 Gasol: 13 Gasol: 10
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
SAS 30 25 30 35 120
LAL 18 26 19 26 89
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Apr 26 - Los Angeles. A Lakers team that started the season like a championship contender is about to end it painfully after being destroyed by the Spurs 120-89 at L.A. and falling in a 0-3 hole in the Western Conference first round.

Already playing without Kobe Bryant the Lakers received the news after game 2 that their already thin backcourt wouldn't be able to include Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks, all out with injuries. D'Antoni had to start game 3 with Darius Morris, who was buried on the bench all season and Andrew Goudelock, the MVP of the NBA's D-League who was signed fill out the roster after Kobe was injured. In fact, they did a good job, combining for 44 points and seven 7 but the Lakers weaknesses were the same as usual, they were horrendous in defense and playing against an excellent basketball team like the Spurs they had no chance. San Antonio shot 61% from the field with Duncan and Parker making 21 of 30 shots.

The Spurs ended the first quarter with an 11-4 run to take a 30-18 lead, went up by 18 in the second and things just went downhill for L.A. after that ending with the Lakers worst home playoff loss in history.

Howard finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Pau Gasol added his first career playoff triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, but the Spurs were far too much for a team that's paying the consequences of bringing a coach that was unable to notice that his roster, as good as it was, was too old to play running basketball: nine of the Lakers' 15 players were on their injury report for this game, and Metta World Peace played despite getting fluid drained from his surgically repaired knee.

The only good news for the Lakers management, who saw nothing but empty sits by the end of the fourth quarter, is that this series is just about to end so they will be able sit down and take some time think about the future.

The Quotes

Mike D'Antoni (LAL Coach): "The first half, we gave everything we had, and it obviously wasn't enough. I thought our guys played as hard as they can play."

Pau Gasol (Lakers): “I guess we'll see Sunday how much fight we have in us . . . to give ourselves a chance and not have a 30-point loss at home.”

Dwight Howard (Lakers): "It's been a very tough year, but we're not going to make any excuses, and we're not going to quit."

Tim Duncan (Spurs): "We respect these guys, and we're not trying to give them any momentum whatsoever"

Gregg Popovich  (Spurs Coach): "I think we're playing fairly well, Whether the team you're playing is whole or banged-up like the Lakers are ... we have to bring the energy and the professionalism to play

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers San Antonio Spurs
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Dwight Howard 25 11 - 1 2  
Darius Morris 24 2 6 1 -  
A. Goudelock 20 1 1 3 -  
Pau Gasol 11 13 10 - -  
Earl Clark 4 2 1 1 1  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Tim Duncan 25 9 3 1 1  
Tony Parker 20 3 7 - - 5 TO
DeJuan Blair 13 7 3 - -  
Kawhi Leonard 12 4 2 1 -  
Danny Green 11 4 4 1 -  

Complete Boxscore

SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Tim Duncan, PF 31 12-16 0-0 2-3 2 7 9 3 1 1 1 4 +23 26
Kawhi Leonard, SF 27 5-8 0-0 2-2 0 4 4 2 1 0 0 1 +15 12
Tiago Splitter, C 22 1-5 0-1 3-4 2 4 6 2 1 2 3 2 +11 5
Tony Parker, PG 27 9-14 0-1 2-3 0 3 3 7 0 0 5 0 +15 20
Danny Green, SG 24 5-7 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 4 1 0 0 1 +19 11
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Aron Baynes, PF 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 +7 2
Matt Bonner, PF 22 2-3 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 3 +9 6
DeJuan Blair, C 14 6-6 0-0 1-2 1 6 7 3 0 0 0 3 +14 13
Nando de Colo, PG 4 1-2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 +6 2
Patty Mills, PG 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 +6 2
Gary Neal, PG 22 3-10 1-5 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 0 1 3 +14 7
Cory Joseph, PG 17 4-8 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 4 2 2 2 1 +10 8
Manu Ginobili, SG 20 2-4 1-2 1-1 0 2 2 3 3 0 2 0 +6 6
Totals 52-85 5-16 11-15 8 41 49 30 9 7 14 20   120
Percentages: 61.2% 31.3% 73.3%
Fast break points:   19
Points in the paint:   56
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   14 (15)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Pau Gasol, PF 33 5-10 0-0 1-1 2 11 13 10 0 0 2 2 -17 11
Metta World Peace, SF 17 0-6 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -6 0
Dwight Howard, C 31 9-16 0-0 7-15 5 6 11 0 1 2 2 5 -15 25
Andrew Goudelock, PG 41 8-17 2-6 2-2 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 2 -28 20
Darius Morris, PG 37 9-15 1-4 5-7 1 1 2 6 1 0 3 3 -28 24
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Antawn Jamison, PF 21 2-5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 -17 5
Earl Clark, SF 25 2-9 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 3 0 -20 4
Jordan Hill, C 10 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 -12 0
Chris Duhon, PG 25 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 2 -12 0
Devin Ebanks, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Robert Sacre, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Steve Nash, PG DNP STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING
Jodie Meeks, SG DNP SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE
Totals 35-81 4-20 15-25 9 26 35 19 8 3 13 15   89
Percentages: 43.2% 20.0% 60.0%
Fast break points:   6
Points in the paint:   50
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   13 (19)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.

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